Boy Scout Troop 10 of Great Neck recently completed a very challenging overnight camping trip at Scout Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco in New Jersey (the same campsite where the movie, Friday the 13th was filmed).
The November weekend was sunny but cold. After setting up camp, the scouts started with a session at the rifle range where they learned about gun safety and safety on the range. They shot 22s at targets. Back at the campsite, the older scouts lashed wooden staves into flagpoles and affixed pulleys so that the younger scouts could be taught proper handling of the American flag including how to display, raise and lower, and fold our flag.
The three patrols then applied their lashing skills to construct ballistas (catapults) that were 6×6 feet in length and height. They had a ballista competition with tennis balls for distance and for accuracy. During this time, the scouts also amassed huge amounts of firewood needed to sustain an enormous fire that would leave a bed of coal required for foil cooking their dinner.
Each patrol cooked their own meals of ground beef, turkey, or chicken including sides of vegetables and potatoes. One of the patrols came up with an interesting dessert that involved baking bananas with chocolate in foil. The adult leaders made baked apples.
The large campfire warmed up the area while overnight low temperatures were in the 20s. In the morning despite freezing temperatures, the scouts cooked a hearty breakfast of bacon, eggs, and hash. They cleaned up and policed the area in order to “leave no trace” of their occupancy.
Troop 10 meets at the North Shore Presbyterian Church, 275 Lakeville Road, Mondays from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on school days. If you are interested in joining Troop 10, please contact Dr. Dwight J Rosenstein at email@example.com.
Article by Troop 10 Scoutmaster Dr. Dwight Rosenstein, Great Neck